Ever since the lake first tentatively froze and strong winds piled up slabs and ridges of ice, I’ve been fascinated by one particular monolith, closer to shore, that’s been pushed almost completely vertical. First it was a milky opaque, and then more recently it’s settled a bit, and turned diamond-clear. In this photo, you can see it harboring the cold fire of the setting sun (click to enlarge). It reminded me of one of Robert Frost’s most quoted poems, Fire and Ice. I think it’s especially timely the way things are going in the world. We’re seen a lot of terrible fires in North America, and other parts of the globe (Greece, for one). And strange as it may sound, I’ve read that global warming could actually trigger ice age conditions in the UK and western Europe. That may be, but I don’t think we can rule out some version of Kevin Costner’s Waterworld just yet, either. Like many of you, I have great hope in the new U.S. administration and the return of science, and a call to serious, meaningful action. Here’s a really entertaining and informative intro video to a whole series of videos on YouTube that’s aimed at to all of us who worry about global warming, but especially those who don’t.
The Cloud Messenger (Meghadūta) is a lyric poem by the respected Indian poet, Kālidāsa. The poem centers around a yaksa in exile. Longing for his beloved, waiting for him on a Himalayan mountain, he asks a cloud to take a message to her. The sights he tells the cloud it will see on its way make up most of the poem.
The idea of recording observations appeals to me. I thought The Cloud Messenger was the perfect title for a blog about the journey that we all make as we move through our days.
I'm a baby boomer who grew up dancing in the streets of Detroit during the classic Motown years, lived beside the Rocky Mountains for many years, now retired and living (and writing full time) in S. Ontario. I have one blog for rock 'n' roll oldies, and one for nature, poetry and life along the Lake.